Ex-academy director sentenced for not reporting sex abuse

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Posted: May 20, 2016 1:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The former leader of a military-style academy for teenagers in Kentucky has been sentenced to 90 days of home confinement for failing to report sexual child abuse.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/1sGaNCo ) former Bluegrass Challenge Academy director John Wayne Smith was sentenced Thursday and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine after being convicted of not reporting sexual abuse of four girls at the program.

He retired in 2014.

Former staff member Stephen E. Miller was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to abusive sexual contact with three girls at the academy and sodomy with a fourth girl in 2013.

The federal case prompted an overhaul of operations at the academy located at Fort Knox and new policies meant to ensure any suspected abuse is promptly reported to authorities.